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Google+ Shows the Ripples in the Social Pond

Thursday 10.27.2011 , Posted by

Personally, I believe that tracking the journey of public data in social networks is going to be a big trend in the near future. We will be able to track a piece of content (posts, images, videos, etc.), from its genesis to its multiple paths on public platforms like Twitter and Google Plus, seeing who connects with it, changes it or spreads it. TinEye, Google’s Search by Image, YouTube’s “this video was seen on” notice and now Google Ripples are great ways to track the path of a popular idea.

Using these new tools, people were able to track down who tweeted the first civilian message in Pakistan when Seal Team 6 took down Osama Bin Ladin. Similarly, using the soon to be released Google+ Ripples, we can track just how influential Sergey Brin is on the screen captures below, starting with his message and seeing it ‘ripple’ out into the social world of Google+. With Ripples we may start to clearly see how less public figures are having a lot of influence on the community at large or at least planting the seed to big things.

Soon to be released: explore Google+ Ripples here.

Zoom in!

Zoom in even closer!

Zoom in SUPER CLOSE and roll over for information on who posted!

Also displayed clearly: all the stats about the post.

Paul Caridad

Written by Paul Caridad

Bicycled the perimeter of USA, hitch hiked across the States dressed as monk. Nomadic for the next few years. Would love to connect, so check out my links below! email:

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  1. Direct2Dell says:

    About Dell’s Google+ Page…

    Many of us here at Dell have been fans of Google+ since they first started letting people in the door…

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